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Friday, April 30

Barlow: Sexy Meets Tomboy

Barlow is a new contemporary collection built on the dichotomy of a tomboy aesthetic and a sexy edge. The brand is part of the company Green Mochi, headed by Cynthia Vincent, who ser...

Boutique Contractors Cater to Contemporary Labels

When contemporary labels require a little help in developing patterns, sewing samples or doing small production runs, they can turn to a variety of niche contractors in Los Angeles that cater to designers...

Orange County Garment Factory Cited for Back Wages

After an investigation by federal officials, an Orange County garment factory that makes women’s clothing for retail chains such as Forever 21 and Ross Dress for Less was cited for no...

Macy#039;s Heads to Palmdale

Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. announced plans to open a 110,000-square-foot Macy’s store in a former Gottschalks loca...

Lucky Lawsuit

Miami-based Marcel Fashion Group Inc. won its suit against Lucky Brand over the “Get Lucky” trademark after the U.S....

Wal-Mart#039;s Discrimination Suit

The San Francisco–based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled to allow a group of current and former Wal-Mart e...

Avery Taps Alford

Pasadena-based labeling giant Avery Dennison Corp. named Brad A. Alford, chairman and chief executive officer of Nestleacute; USA,...

Nusskern Opens at Fashion Island

The Michael Nusskern boutique has been a player on the Orange County, Calif., retail scene since 1984, but it made the biggest splash of its history just a couple weeks ago. ...

Agenda Adds N.Y. Edition

Agenda, the Los Angeles–based boutique streetwear/action-sports trade show, will go east for the Spring 2011 menswear market. Agenda: NY...

Caruso Intends to Own More Shopping Centers

Rick Caruso, the Los Angeles developer known for his luxurious shopping centers, such as The Grove, is on the lookout for more retail properties. ...

World Trade Sees Substantial Gains in 2010

The trade winds are blowing favorably for global shipping. ...

Pima Demand Soaring Overseas

Cotton prices have risen dramatically in recent months (

Made in America Resource Guide

Los Angeles–based American Apparel is a vertically integrated manufacturer and retailer of clothing for men, women, kids, and pets, offering an expansive year-round line to which new...

Cotton Caught in a Global Price War

U.S. growers and manufacturers grapple with rising cotton prices and decreasing global supply....

Iconix Acquires Peanuts Brand

New York–based Iconix Brand Group Inc. has added the iconic “Peanuts” cartoon characters to its stable of bra...

American Apparel Opens in Selfridges

Los Angeles–based

Margolis Up for Executive Chairman at Cherokee

If shareholders agree, Robert Margolis could assume the role of executive chairman at Van Nuys, Calif.–based Cherokee Inc., the licensing and brand-management compan...

Stores to Watch: Positioned for Growth

Retail sales have steadily climbed in 2010, but many consumers are still shopping like it is the bad old days of 2009, according to high-profile boutique owners such as Fraser Ross....

Macy’s Heads to Palmdale

Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. announced plans to open a 110,000-square-foot Macy’s store in a former Gottschalks loca...

Wal-Mart’s Discrimination Suit

The San Francisco–based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled to allow a group of current and former Wal-Mart e...

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Arts – Meet Nick Cave’s Bear Made of Gap Sweaters (Mondette)Ferragamo classics on display at South Coast Plaza (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)IMG...

Tokidoki Is Ready for Its Closeup

Tokidoki's Simone Legno holding a bag from a Tokidoki collaboration with SephoraWith a cheeky sense of Japanese pop culture, Los Angeles brand Tokidoki has been steadily working itself into the hearts, the wardrobes and, now, cosmetics counters of fashion people.On April 29, the 5-year-old brand...

Matahari Hearts Lovemade

Lovemade is like the brand version of the limited-edition pop-up retail shop concept. Every few months designer Linda Nguyen sprouts up with a new item in a series of one-of-a-kind, collaborative projects. First came the Lovemade x Han Cholo multi-chain single...

Thursday, April 29

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First Look At Gap's Limited Edition Met Ball T-Shirt Collection (Refinery29)The Reign of the Celebrity Stylist Continues with eBay Fashion...

ANTM Takes Lloyd Klein to New Zealand

ANTM models were tasked with working the same Lloyd Klein gown at their New Zealand photo shoot (Photos by Nigel Barker/Pottle Productions Inc. and styled byJoanna Konjevod)While past cycles of America’s Next Top Model have bounced around between New...

Revival Vintage Takes a Bow in L.A.

Revival Vintage owner Nikki SwaseyMore proof there are third and fourth acts in fashion could be found at 7403 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles. It’s the new address of Revival Vintage, which sells well-preserved fashions and accessories from the 1800s to the 1980s. And on April 28,...

Wednesday, April 28

Mallis Leaving IMG

Fern Mallis, seen by many as the creator of New York Fashion Week, is leaving IMG Fashion, a division of IMG Worldwide. ...

Etch-a-Fashion Sketch

In a digital, computer-aided design world, some old-fashioned pen-to-paper sketching is refreshingly real and tactile, like the difference between seeing a picture on a screen or holding a printed photo. For those of us that are handicapped...

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Freedman Shirts Rock American Rag (Racked LA) First Look: Elizabeth Kiester for Madewell(Fashionista)Vera Wang Looks Forward to Designing Wedding...

Tuesday, April 27

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Jonathan Adler’s clothing collection with 7 For All Mankind hits stores next month (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Meet the latex designer to the stars...

BCBG Going Into the Perfume Business

The Tuilleries Gardens in ParisWhen I think of the BCBGMaxAzria label, I think of a leisurely walk down the Champs Elysees Avenue, fashionable stores to the left and to the right of me.So when it comes to a BCBGMaxAzria perfume, to debut next...

Monday, April 26

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Shop L.A.: Leyendecker. The designing duo behind L.A. brand Leyendecker take us on a tour of their favorite L.A. stores. (Style Section L.A.)U.S....

Catching Up with Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta is an icon in the fashion world. Throughout his career, the legendary designer has dressed many...

Pop Goes Obey, Michael Nusskern Debuts at Fashion Island

Artist setting up Obey pop-upWe’ve seen Obey Clothing and the work of Shepard Fairey at skate shops, Nordstrom and the 2008 presidential campaign. Yet on April 30, New Yorkers will witness an Obey first. Obey Clothing will produce its first pop-up shop on New York’s LowerEast Side....

Riviera Club Sets Sail at Ron Herman

From left, co-founders of Riviera Club Joe Sadler, Derek Buse and Greg Ullery are poster boys for their brand’s California lifestyle line.The founders of the men’s clothing line Riviera Club look like they live a charmed existence. The brand was conceived by Joe Sadler, Derek Buse...

Bijan Honored by Otis

Dr. Bijan PakzadDr. Bijan Pakzad is perhaps best known by his first name--or, possibly, his 1,000-watt smile. For years, his face and signature logo greeted visitors and locals from billboards across Los Angeles. As chairman and designer of House of...

Friday, April 23

BlueCherry in Spotlight at SPESA

Computer Generated Solutions will highlight its updated BlueCherry software at the upcoming Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers of the Americas Expo (SPESA) in Atlanta May 18...

Mettler Joins Quik Board

Huntington Beach–based Quiksilver Inc. named former Macy’s executive Robert L. Mettler to its board of directors. La...

Fetherston in at Juicy

Designer Erin Fetherston, who designs her own eponymous collection of girlish designer fashion, will temporarily head design at Los Angeles–based Juicy Couture, which is owned by New York...

New Book Highlights Who's Who of Lingerie Design

In the new picture-rich book Contemporary Lingerie Design, author Katie Dominy leads a photographic peek inside the creative processes of lingerie designers from around the world. ...

Tough Real Estate Markets Showing Signs of Improvement

A panel of investment bankers was cautiously optimistic about the real estate market as the U.S. economy continues to improve after the Great Recession of 2009. ...

Visuality Creates Virtual Showrooms

New York–based software company Visuality will make strides toward creating the closest thing possible to building a virtual showroom, according to Joe Shohfi, the company’s co-founder and chie...

Prada Opens South Coast Plaza Boutique

On May 4, iconic Italian fashion house Prada opens its 12th U.S. retail store, at the South Coast Plaza retail center in Costa Mesa, Calif. It will be open to private appointments on...

Miss Sixty Closes Four West Coast Stores

Designer jeans brand Miss Sixty will close four of its West Coast stores, according to managers from the Italian brand’s California stores, which will remain in business....

Updated Line Planning Part of NGC's Latest Release

When software-solutions provider New Generation Computing releases its new e-PLM 2010 program on June 1, it will include an updated line-plan module....

Eco on the Agenda

The action-sports industry talks eco at SIMA’s “Green Boot Camp.” ...

Market Tuesday Seminar Focuses on Design Piracy

The California Fashion Association and the California Market Center presented “Design Piracy: A Reality Check,” a seminar focused on the proposed Design Piracy Prohibition Act, on Apri...

Obituary: Designer Marva Martindale

Designer and merchandiser Marva Martindale died on April 11 of a brain hemorrhage. ...

Battle Continues Over Rock & Republic

Court documents tell the behind-the-scenes story of the bankrupt premium-denim brand. ...

Warnaco#039;s New Man in Europe

The Warnaco Group Inc. named Han Schmitt managing director for Europe for the New York–based company. Previously, Schmitt s...

Halkyard Joins Gilt Groupe

New York–based luxury e-tailer Gilt Groupe Inc. named Christopher Halkyard vice president of operations. Previously, he was...

Sunny Outlook at Kohl#039;s

Menomonee Falls, Wis.–based Kohl’s Department Stores announced plans to convert 10 of its 23 stores in Colorado to s...

FGI, CFA Discuss Strategies for Growth Online

Now that the spending freeze appears to be thawing, what is the next move for manufacturers to be ready when customers start shopping again? ...

Warnaco’s New Man in Europe

The Warnaco Group Inc. named Han Schmitt managing director for Europe for the New York–based company. Previously, Schmitt s...

Sunny Outlook at Kohl’s

Menomonee Falls, Wis.–based Kohl’s Department Stores announced plans to convert 10 of its 23 stores in Colorado to s...

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Gap's Patrick Robinson Ditches Denim To Focus on Pants For Fall 2010 (Coutorture)Tim Gunn gets showered with love in Pasadena (Style Section L.A.) 8 Fashion iPhone Apps Worth...

Crocs Is Making Shoes That Are Not Plastic Clogs

You by Crocs uses the squishy technology that makes those clogs so comfy but in styles that are easier on the eyes.I know what you’re thinking. I thought the same thing. When I ran into the cute Samantha Bryan and she told me, in her adorable Australian accent, that she was a designer for...

Prada Will Open Beverly Center Boutique

Prada is on the move. As reported in the April 23 issue of California Apparel News, the iconic Italian fashion house will open a 5,070-square-foot store at South Coast Plaza on May 4. In August, Prada will open a store in Los Angeles’ Beverly Center, according to SusanVance, the luxury...

Thursday, April 22

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One Night Only. Jeremy Laing, one of our favorite Canadian designers, stops by L.A. for a trunk show tonight at Zainab. (Style Section...

Thongs Are Eco-Chic

Making millions of T-shirts, rompers, jeans, shiny swimwear and mesh leotards makes for millions and millions of scraps of fabric that usually end up in landfills. Today, on Earth Day, American Apparel announced Creative Reuse, a...

Wednesday, April 21

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Current/Elliot and Marni's Boyfriend Jeans Collaboration (Refinery29)Knit Wit. Recent FIDM graduate and Matte Black designer Julia Nish may be...

Kissable at Diane Merrick, DIY at Nobody Jones

Keisha Whitaker, left, and Diane MerrickPioneering Los Angeles boutique owner Diane Merrick threw a soiree for friend Keisha Whitaker and her beauty line, Kissable Couture, on the night of April 20 at her Diane Merrick shop. Diane’s guest list included...

A Book. Of Vintage T-Shirts

From left, Marc and Patrick Guetta, owners of World of Vintage T-shirts on Melrose Avenue. Photos courtesy of Taschen.Only in Los Angeles are there collectors with enough rare pop culture vintage T-shirts to fill a nearly 400-page picture book (that’s more than 650...

Tuesday, April 20

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J. Crew X Warehouse denim, by the numbers (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage) O'Neill launches eco-friendly collection with J.K. Livin artist Mishka (Los Angeles Times'...

Monday, April 19

Coachella Festivalgoers Stay Perfectly Chic While Keeping Cool

Short and sweet (Photo courtesy Refinery29)Over the weekend, hordes of music fans descended upon California’s desert to catch the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.—the unofficial kickoff to the music...

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Coachella Street Style (FabSugar) Balenciaga retrospective set for SF in spring 2011 (SF Gate)Emanuel Ungaro on the Hunt for a Real Designer (The...

Friday, April 16

Quik Sells Women's Swim Portfolio

Huntington Beach, Calif.–based surf giant Quiksilver announced on April 14 the sale of its Raisins, Raisins Girls, Leilani, Island Soul a...

Finance Resource Guide

Support and protect your enterprise with backing from financial institutions dedicated to the apparel industry. They bring expertise and experience to a host of financial services including full-servi...

True Opens in White Plains

Vernon-based True Religion Apparel Inc. opened a new boutique at The Westchester in White Plains, N.Y. ...

Price and Trend Key at Northern California Markets

SAN FRANCISCO—Retailers from Northern California, Oregon and Washington braved inclement weather in search of basics and on-trend pieces with a high-end look at a lower price point at...

Costa Rica Signs New Free-Trade Agreements

Costa Rica has been busy paving the way for more trade with Asia....

Social Networks for the B2B Crowd

Mona Bijoor thought she could solve an age-old problem for boutique owners: finding time to scout for new merchandise without sacrificing time spent on the sales floor with the customer. ...

Unger Joins Celebrity Pink

Paula Unger has joined Los Angeles–based premium-denim juniors label Celebrity Pink Jeans as vice president of merchandising. Previously, Unger was creative director of Vanilla Star Jeans and has more ...

Outsourcing Infrastructure Like the Big Guys

Polygon Solutions seeks to help start-up apparel makers with a combination of industry experience, ERP technology and modern distribution....

Barbara Fields: Military Looks Marching Forward for Fall '10

Military styles will be among the most dominant looks for Fall 2010. Skirts are coming back in a big way, and don’t count out plaids. ...

GlobalTex Makes West Coast Addition

GlobalTex, the textile and sourcing trade show held twice a year in Los Angeles, has added a new West Coast sales manager....

Brazil Delays U.S. Cotton Duties

Brazil said it would delay until April 22 import duties on hundreds of U.S. goods while it works out its battle with the Obama administration over U.S. cotton subsidies....

Economic Gains in 2010, Recovery Expected in 2011

If 2010 were represented in a color trend forecast, it would be light gray, compared with 2009’s black, and 2011 would be pale blue. ...

Centric Reports Good Sales

Despite last year’s challenging economy, Campbell, Calif.–based Centric Software reported a 40 percent increase in sales for its 2010 fiscal year, which ended Jan. 31....

Supply Chain & Tech Focus Resource Guide

Whether your company is looking for fabric and yarn sourcing, complete supply-chain solutions, or a trade show that will showcase resources for the entire concept-to-delivery product lifecycle, here w...

Dassault Names New Managing Director

Dassault Systegrave;mes named Al Bunshaft managing director of the 3-D and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) provider, which is based in Lowell, Mass....

Improved Mood at L.A. Majors Market

Good retail sales in March and sunny weather across the United States gave retailers the required shot of confidence to start spending again, said many vendors at the April 12–14 run ...

Klatsky in at Charming Shoppes

Bensalem, Penn.–based Charming Shoppes Inc. named Bruce J. Klatsky to its board of directors. Klatsky is the former chief executive officer of Phillips–Van Heusen Corp. and co-founded private-equity firm LNK Pa...

Nordstrom Rack Heads to Tucson

This fall, Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. will open a new 33,200-square-foot Nordstrom Rack at The Corner shopping center in Tucson, Ariz. The newly opened open-air shopping center was developed by BP W...

Congress to Address Chemical-Control Reforms

Two separate bills introduced in both the House and Senate will address the Toxic Substances Control Act, the primary law that enables the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate chemicals used in...

+Beryll: Living the California Lifestyle

+Beryll, the accessories brand known for its laid-back luxury look, is expanding its lifestyle concept. The company, which began by making limited-edition sunglasses, has added leather belts,...

Lectra Taps New Managing Director of Greater China

Paris-based technology solution company Lectra named Andreas A. Kim managing director of Lectra Greater China. ...

SDI Prepares for Supply-Chain Forum

SDI Industries, the Pacoima, Calif.–based logistics company, will host its annual Logistics & Supply Chain Forum April 29–30 at The Four Seasons hotel in Las Vegas....

A&F Exec in at PEI

Miami-based Perry Ellis International named Brett Dean chief marketing officer of the company. Previously, Dean was senior director of brand marketing and public relations at Abercrombie & Fitch. ...

Malcolm McLaren, 64

Malcolm McLaren—punk-rock impresario, former Vivienne Westwood collaborator and father of Agent Provocateur co-founder Joe Corre—died on April 8 from cancer. Best known as the former manager of The Sex ...

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Turn a New Leaf (Style Section L.A.)Tod's throws a party to celebrate the re-opening of its newly designed Beverly Hills digs (Los Angeles Times' All the...

Studio City Boutiques Reopen Months After Being Flooded Out

The Studio City Canyon Beachwear reopened in March after being destroyed by a flood in September.A bad economy and even floods could not keep these retailers down.After closing their doors more than seven months ago to repair...

Thursday, April 15

DWP Approves Proposed Rate Hikes

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power approved a temporary electricity rate hike proposed by the Los Angeles City Council.The three-month increase amounts to 0.6 of a cent per kilowat...

Fashion Island Nordstrom Arrives With a Gala Party

The new Nordstrom at Fashion IslandFashion Island is in the home stretch of its $100 million facelift. However, one of the jewels of the Newport Beach, Calif., retail center’s new look debuts April 16. It’s a more than 138,000-square-foot full-line Nordstrom, which was welcomed...

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Chanel Event at Resurrection Vintage (Racked LA) Shops –New Larchmont Retail Has No Name But Has Cheap Apparel (Mondette)Attention L.A. style guys: Get a...

Obey the Nirvana Baby

Nirvana Baby, Spencer Elden from Barry O Donnell on Vimeo.Spencer Elden not only has a rad name, he's got really unique street cred. He may at some point have taken up residence on your bedroom wall... in the buff. As an infant,...

Wednesday, April 14

DWP to Vote on Proposed Rate Hikes

In an 8–5 vote, the Los Angeles City Council approved a temporary electricity rate increase beginning July 1. ...

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Fashion Stories – Textural Encounters in No Man’s Land (Mondette)SUBject/subJECT Group Show at Subliminal Project (Racked LA)Coachella: What to...

Trina Turk Is Spring Cleaning

The same way that catching the scent of backyard barbeque grilling can transport you to that Fourth of July summer beach party, a Trina Turk print is a sensory experience that’s the second-best thing to actually being in Morocco or Palm...

Tuesday, April 13

WTO Sees Uptick in Trade Volume This Year

Economists at the World Trade Organization see a bright future for trade this year....

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Richard Chai Jeremy Scott for Alternative Apparel (Fashionista) Shops – Retail Movement on Fairfax with FourTwoFour and Pedro Rubio Tailored (Mondette)Under...

Coachella Cool: L.A. Prepares to Head to the Desert

The West Coast is heating up as music lovers, hipsters and the fashion crowd prepare to head to the desert for the Coachella Valley Music Arts Festival. Meghan Fabulous' "Coachella Cool" fashions, photo courtesy of MeghanFabulousThe...

Unorthodox Fashion Shoot atBohemian Society

The Bohemian Society fashions for fall 2010, photo credit Jordie TurnerCameras, models and a new collection of clothes do not necessarily make a fashion shoot, said Victor Wilde. There also needs to be a sitar player, experimental films and an underground...

Monday, April 12

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Rebecca Minkoff's Summer of Love (FabSugar)Ed Hardy's Alter Ego, The Same Guy, Debuts on Melrose (Racked LA)Fashion School. As co-chairs of USC’s Fashion...

L.A. Majors Market Gets Off to a Brisk Start

The April 12-14 run of the Los Angeles Majors Market got off to a brisk start at the California Market Center, where representatives from major retailers—including department stores and chains—turned out to shop the the CMC's showrooms.Buyers...

L.A. Band The Like Sports Zac Posen for Target

Zac Posen has gone viral to promote his upcoming collection for retailer Target. Filmmaker Gia Coppola created the music video featuring Coppola’s high school pals—Los Angeles girl-band The Like—all sporting pieces from Zac Posen for...

Friday, April 9

Changes for Belle Gray in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Celebrity boutique Belle Gray is in the market to lease some of its retail space in Sherman Oaks, Calif....

Amrikhas in at Anchor Blue

Corona-based retail chain Anchor Blue named Caroline Amrikhas design director and production manager for the 112-store chain. A denim specialist, Amrikhas was previously design director at Levi Strauss & Co. She has expe...

American Apparel Opens New British and Hong Kong Stores

American Apparel continues its international growth....

Back to the Bargaining Table for Boss

Hugo Boss is reconsidering the closure of its Cleveland, Ohio, plant, which manufactures apparel, after a publicity campaign champ...

ASR Announces 2011 Show Dates

The Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo has announced its 2011 dates for its biannual show, which will return to three-day formats....

BillMyParents Inks Deal With Drydek

Pro skateboarder and reality-show star Rob Drydek has signed on as a spokesperson for BillMyParents, the online payment system for...

Early Easter Gives March a Boost in Sales

An early Easter bought an overflowing basket of treats for many retailers in March. According to the International Council of Shopping Centers, March sales were the strongest since 1999, and the March 2010 s...

Under a New Business Model, Chip & Pepper Debuts Licensed Apparel

Chip and Pepper, the identical twins who parlayed their electrically charged personalities into a premium-denim brand name, have finally gotten separate offices and their own companies after more than...

Halston Lands Export Credit Line From Bibby

Halston is looking to grow globally, according to Bibby International Trade Finance, which provided a multi-billion dollar export credit line to the New York–based luxury brand....

Junk Food Promotes Marketing Exec

Los Angeles–based Junk Food has promoted Jillian Zukerberg to sales and marketing manager of boutiques and international distribution. ...

Garber Tapped to Lead First Capital's West Coast Office

First Capital has promoted Ron Garber to executive vice president and Western regional division manager of the commercial lender’s Los Angeles office. ...

New SVP of Retail at Pac Sun

Anaheim-based retail chain Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. named Paula Lentini senior vice president of retail. Formerly the vi...

Chambers: Simplicity With a Twist

Devin Carlson and Matt Goldman just made it cost a lot less for cute boys to look hip. Their new line, Chambers, provides easy-to-wear, affordable collared shirts and sweater standards treate...

Nor Cal Market Prepares for Sold-Out Show

Exhibition space for the April 10–13 run of the Fashion Market Northern California is sold out, according to organizers of the show, which returns to the San Mateo County Event Center...

Railcar: Premium Denim From a Railway Mechanic

At night, Steven Dang can be found on railroad tracks fixing commuter rail cars on the Metro Gold Line, which runs between downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena, Calif. Morning...

Northern California Resource Guide

This season, Fashion Market Northern California and the Contemporary Association of Los Angeles run concurrently in Northern California. FMNC is celebrating its 50th year as Northern California’s premier marketplace t...

Panel: Survival Tips for Small Biz

The economy continues to be tough for small business. However, small businesses do not have to be left out of the burgeoning economic recovery, said Ilse Metchek, president of the California ...

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Opening Ceremony Has Your Beachgoing Needs Covered (Racked LA)Statement-Making Jewelry from LAS (Racked LA) Zainab boutique fetes luxury shoe...

Belle Gray to Stay in Business, Owner Says

Celebrity boutique Belle Gray will stay in business, said actor Harry Hamlin, who co-owns the contemporary boutique with wife Lisa Rinna, a television host and actress.Recently, the Sherman Oaks, Calif., boutique put up a ’for lease’ sign above the store because it is...

Stylishly Taking the Racetrack With Alpinestars

Danica Patrick's racing suit by AlpinestarsAny suit of armor is bulky; however the Italian active sports and fashion brand Alpinestars spent the past few years with the mission of making auto-racing suits stylish. Some of the results were put on...

Thursday, April 8

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The Ones That Got Away (Style Section L.A.)Rethinking the classic white T-shirt (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Store Gazing – Wasteland Throws a...

Wednesday, April 7

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Catching up with Carey: Bird handbags designer Liz Carey talks about the military trend and what’s left her 'seeing red' (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)...

Tuesday, April 6

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Move over, eBay Motors: Fashion Comes...

Monday, April 5

L.A. Fashion Weekend Fall '10: Civil Society, Division E, Zanerobe and Buffalo by David Bit

For its final night, L.A. Fashion Weekend showed men’s and women’s contemporary fashions from Civil Society, Division E, Zanerobe and Buffalo by David Bitton...

Gilt Groupe Launches iPad App

Photo courtesy Gilt.comIf you were one of the lucky ones to get their hands on an Apple iPad over the weekend, you’ll also be one of the first to test drive the new shopping application from flash-sale e-tail site Gilt...

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Levi's Artistically Interprets Their Fall 2010 Collections For Women and Men (Coutorture)Lady Gaga tops Time's list of Influentials (Style Section L.A.)The...

Sunday, April 4

Mall Food--Redefined

Last Tuesday, I dropped by my local shopping mall—Americana at Brand, the Glendale, Calif., lifestyle mall created by Grove developer Rick Caruso, and found myself in a packed crowd that looked more like the Christmas crush in a booming economy.The Tuesday-night draw: gourmet food...

Friday, April 2

Rock & Republic Files for Bankruptcy to Reorganize

Rock & Republic, a premium-denim lifestyle brand based in Culver City, Calif., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on April 1 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York due to a huge deb...

California Leads U.S. in Eco-Friendly Textile Cos.

California is one of the leaders of eco-friendly textile manufacturing in the United States, according to a database published recently by Global Organic Textile Standard, one of the world’s l...

Hemptress: Eco-Conscious Handbags

Arlene Nilsson had her lightbulb moment while designing a medium-size leather handbag during a free-lance job. “If this bag were made out of lambskin, two animals would be dead now because of this one bag,” sai...

Learning the Ins and Outs of California's Employment Law

Employment law is a complicated subject that determines who gets paid overtime, who doesn’t and a host of other regulations....

Play Me Jeans Debuts With '90s Styles and '90s Pricing

Sometimes less is more; sometimes more is more. ...

Matti Mamane: Now Made in L.A.

Matti Mamane’s office may be new to Los Angeles, but as the designer specializes in jersey dresses, he is already warmed up to the landscape of West Coast easy dressing. Mamane has designed and produced his wo...

CIT Expands Deal With LF USA

New York–based commercial lender CIT Group Inc. has expanded its factoring relationship with LF USA Inc., a division of Li ...

Black Halo Is All Silver Lining

Designer Laurel Berman’s new office is in a state of disarray. There’s dust everywhere, and the bathroom attached to it boasts beautiful wall tiles and very little else. Berman, however, sees what will be ther...

Apparel Producers in Guatemala Getting Back on Track

GUATEMALA CITY—Inside the cinderblock walls of the Los Volcanes knitting mill, located just outside of Guatemala City, the rows of metal machinery are old, but the ownership is new....

DWP Rates Stable for 90 Days

Local businesses prepare for energy-rate increases proposed to encourage green alternatives....

Anchor Blue#039;s New EVP

Corona-based retailer Anchor Blue promoted Christopher L. Finazzo to executive vice president, overseeing the company’s mer...

Destination Dubai

Philadelphia-based maternity retail chain Destination Maternity opened its second store in the Dubai Mall in Dubai, the United Ara...

Anchor Blue’s New EVP

Corona-based retailer Anchor Blue promoted Christopher L. Finazzo to executive vice president, overseeing the company’s mer...

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Shops – Cheeky Dressing at Kiki de Montparnasse (Mondette)Monique Lhuillier Fashion Show at Unveiled: Bridal Style Revealed (Racked...

Thursday, April 1

L.A. City Council Vetoes DWP's Proposed 5.7 Percent Rate Increase

A fight over proposed energy-rate hikes for Los Angeles commercial and residential property owners has resulted in a draw after the Los Angeles City Council vetoed the Los Angeles Department of Water and Powe...

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Doc Martens celebrates half a century of worker-punk-rebel style (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Interview Becomes First Fashion Magazine to Debut iPad Version with...

Apparel News Puts Moratorium on Hackneyed Fashion Terms

Chic No More: Executive Editor Alison Nieder (left), Connie Cho (center) and Deborah Belgum are tired of worn-out words.After66 years of reporting on the business of fashion, California Apparel News hascalled on a moratorium on over-used fashion terms.“Itjust makes sense. So many of these...